Throughout this past year, it has been an honor to assist others in our community.  This week we were given the opportunity to assist in a project for the Northwest Children’s Home located in Lewiston, Idaho.   Dr. Polito, Brian, Tammy, Andrea, and Heather spent the morning cleaning walls and painting the entry wall in the “Hopper House” on the NW Children’s Home Campus. 

Bringing Comfort to Children

The amazing crew at Northwest Children’s Home is currently renovating the building to create a safe and comforting environment for adolescent girls suffering from trauma. The Hopper House building was once a mental hospital and we were given a heart-wrenching tour by their Director of Development, Hy’D Andrews.  Their team is taking on an enormous task of de-institutionalizing the environment by adding plush carpets, calming colors and soothing textures. 

Overall, the organization uses Trauma Informed Care which is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Improving the children’s environment is one way the Northwest Children’s Home works to bring comfort to the children who reside there. It was an honor for our team to be a small part of their mission to help improve the quality of life for these kids.

You Can Help Too

There is still an enormous need for help at this facility.  If you or your organization has the ability to volunteer physical help or donate money or goods, please take a moment to learn more about the Northwest Children’s Home and their current needs.